Weight Watchers Founder Jean Nidetch Dead At Age 91

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(PCM) Weight Watchers diet plan founder Jean Nidetch has passed away at the age of 91 in her Parkland, Florida home. Nidetch started the incredibly successful business after losing 70 pounds, going down from a weight of 214 to 142. To help keep the weight off she began hosting weekly meetings with her friends at her home.

The original Weight Watchers diet plan consisted of lean meats, fruits and vegetables, but the most important ingredient was always emotional support. The company went public in 1968 and soon Nidetch and her friends who launched the original weekly meeting concept became millionaires.

Weight Watchers continues to be one of the most popular diet plans to this day. It has certainly changed with the times and adopted a new Points system for calculating food allowances, but the weekly meeting and support concept has always remained the same.

Our sincere condolences go out to Jean Nidetch’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

 

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Chipotle Announces They Are Now GMO-Free!

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(PCM) In what is a huge move for the company, Chipotle has revealed that they are now using all GMO-free ingredients. The move has been years in the making and now the fast-food restaurant chain is using non-GMO corn which is major ingredient in many of their menu items. The company is also switching from soybean oil to now using non-GMO sunflower oil and rice bran oil for their cooking.

The company’s CEO, Steve Ells, waited patiently for non-GMO crops to be planted and harvested before making the major announcement. It is a first for any major fast-food chain.  Unfortunately, the companies pork and chicken will still be coming from animals which are fed GMO-feed, but the beef will all be pasture-raised cattle.

Ells said in a statement “Chipotle is really showing that there’s a better way to do fast food. They say these ingredients are safe, but I think we all know we’d rather have food that doesn’t contain them.”

Those budget conscious folks can also relax because the new non-GMO menu items will not increase in price, however the price for steak will go up about 4 to 6% this fall.

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Diet Pepsi Reveals A Major Change

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(PCM) Over the years the Pepsi company has noticed a huge decline in the sale of Diet Pepsi mostly due to the side effects and health risks associated with their use of the artificial sweetener aspartame. This is all about to change with Pepsi’s announcement that Diet Pepsi is officially going aspartame free!

This is a huge move in the right direction for the company and they even plan to place large lettering on the cans that read “Now Aspartame Free”. The reason that it has taken the change so long to take place is that Pepsi has been attempting to formulate a new recipe for a low-calorie sweetener that would still keep the taste of Diet Pepsi the same.

The new recipe formula they have discovered is a mixture of sucralose and ace-K that will take the place of the aspartame. The new formula Diet Pepsi is scheduled to hit store shelves sometime in August and executives for Pepsi say the taste is still going to be exactly the same.

The Coca-Cola company has also seen a decline in sales of Diet Coke over the years due to the same problem with aspartame, however there has been no word if Pepsi’s rival company plans to make a similar change with their Diet soda product as well.

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Blue Bell Voluntarily Recalls All Products Over Listeria Concern

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(PCM) The Blue Bell Ice Cream company has issued a voluntary recall on all of it’s products over serious concerns of Listeria contamination. The company, based out of Brenham, Texas, is pulling all of its’ ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbert, and frozen snacks from both food service accounts and retail store shelves. The recall has been issued immediately.

In a statement a spokesperson for Blue Bell says “We’re committed to doing the 100 percent right thing, and the best way to do that is to take all of our products off the market until we can be confident that they are all safe. We are heartbroken about this situation and apologize to all of our loyal Blue Bell fans and customers. Our entire history has been about making the very best and highest quality ice cream and we intend to fix this problem. We want enjoying our ice cream to be a source of joy and pleasure, never a cause for concern, so we are committed to getting this right.”

The company made the decision to issue the massive recall after discovering that half gallon containers of their Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream flavor tested positive for Listeria. Consumers who may have recently purchased Blue Bell products are encouraged to return them to the point of purchase where they will be issued a full refund.

The company plans to hold its’ current products in the manufacturing plant until further testing can be conducted. They will resume production on a very limited basis after they are absolutely certain that their products will be safe for consumption.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Admits Failure With The Food Stamp Challenge

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(PCM) Now that the New York Food Stamp Challenge come to an end, actress Gwyneth Paltrow has admitted that she failed. She confessed  via her lifestyle website, Goop.com, that she actually failed the challenge in only four days.  She claims that she broke down on day four and purchased some chicken, fresh vegetables and half a bag of black licorice.

For those that recall, the New York Food Stamp Challenge was put in place to see if celebrities would be able to survive living off the city’s small $29 a week food stamp budget. The goal of the challenge was to bring about awareness and raise much needed funds for the cities food bank.

Last week, Paltrow who was challenged by her good friend Chef Mario Batali via Twitter, posted a photo on Twitter of her $24 worth of groceries and stirred up quite a bit of backlash with the image. She was criticized because her purchases were non-realistic for someone who was living on such a meager budget and proved just how out of touch she was with the real world.

Paltrow said online that she would give herself a “C-” for the challenge and goes on to say “My perspective has been forever altered by how difficult it was to eat wholesome, nutritious food on that budget, even for just a few days—a challenge that 47 million Americans face every day, week, and year. I’m not suggesting everyone eat organic food from some high horse in the sky. I’m saying everyone should be able to afford fresh, real food. And if women were paid an equal wage, families might have more of a choice in the grocery aisles, not to mention in the rest of their lives.”

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Happy 4/20 Day! Ben & Jerry’s Offering Ice Cream Burrito Today Only!

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(PCM) Called the “Brr-ito”, Ben & Jerry’s will be offering up a very special ice cream burrito specialty fusion for just one day only on April 20th.

So, just what makes up a Ben & Jerry’s Brr-ito? Start with two scoops of ice cream, topped with crushed chocolate cookies and chocolate fudge. It is then all “rolled up” into a soft waffle cone wrap.  Best part is, that you can choose which ever ice cream flavor you desire in “Brr-ito”, so the possibilities are endless.

For promotion of the new “Brr-ito” Ben & Jerry’s created an ad that pays homage to the controversial “1984” commercial from Apple that promoted the early Macintosh computer.  The new ad features a bunch of long-haired, bearded men stare blankly at a screen featuring an ice cream sandwich until a perky blonde in a pink Ben & Jerry’s t-shirt runs into the room. Rather than carrying a hammer, as in the Apple ad, she hurls a Brrr-ito into the screen, producing a bright flash.

This is one special you won’t want to miss, especially those with a case of the munchies, so be sure to visit a Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop near you!

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